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Horeb Baptist Church, 1824, Mayfield

Organized as Folsom Creek Baptist Church on 28 June 1792 by Adam Jones and Jeptha Vining, this church was renamed Horeb in 1798 and relocated to the present location in 1799. As was often the case, slaves were members until the Civil War and some are buried in the adjacent cemetery. Newly emancipated, African-Americans began to organize their own churches after the war. At its bicentennial in 1992, membership in Horeb had dwindled to such a low number that the church officially disbanded. It is still well-maintained and used for occasional events and services.

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Reynolds House, Mayfield

One historic resource survey dates this Plantation Plain/I-House to circa 1860, but I believe it was built earlier than that. Other than the name of the first owner, I have been unsuccessful at locating more history.

 

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Birdsong-Hill-Elliot House, Mayfield

As evidenced by its present state, Mayfield’s iconic Birdsong-Hill-Elliot House is likely in its last days without quick intervention. It has rapidly deteriorated since I last photographed it in 2014.

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Craftsman Bungalow, Circa 1910, Mayfield

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Mayfield Methodist Church, 1949, Hancock County

I believe this was built by the Mayfield Methodist Church to replace an earlier structure on the site dating to 1897. The property was a gift of Lena Birdsong. The congregation formed earlier in the 1890s and originally met in members’ homes and a one-room schoolhouse. Construction began on this church in 1949, but I’m not sure when it was completed. The congregation was never very large and disbanded years ago.

In recent years it has been home to a couple of African-American congregations, including the Mayfield Church of God in Christ and the Ogeechee Ministries of God.

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Birdsong-Hill-Elliot House, Mayfield

Mayfield GA Hancock County Ghost Town Queen Anne Victorian House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

As always, I learn a lot just by publishing these photographs. Through some source, I had seen this house identified as the Reynolds-McGown House, but Glenda R. Elliott wrote to say this was actually home for many years to her grandparents, Claude & Ruby Hill. Beginning in the 30s, if not the late 20s, my maternal grandparents, Claude and Ruby Hill lived there. The wedding reception of my parents, Jenny Ruth Hill and Edward Elliott, was held there on June 20, 1939. I was born at home there the following June. My mother and I lived there while my father served in World War II. When my father returned from the service, we continued to live there with my grandparents until 1957 when our family sold the house and moved to Thomson. By then my younger sister had been born in ’52, and my grandfather had died in ’55. The house was considerably remodeled during the time my family lived there. As I recall the house was bought by the Foster Jackson family. I (also) clearly recall my grandparents and mother referring to it many times as the “Birdsong House”. I believe this meant it had been built by and/or originally owned by and first lived in by the Birdsong family.

And Glenda’s sister, Edlyn Hill Elliott writes: Claude and Ruby Hill bought this house in the 30’s I believe. It was called the Birdsong house. Claude Hill was a USPS carrier and Ruby ran a merchantile store. My mother, Jennye R. Hill was living there & teaching school in Sparta when she married my father Edward C. Elliott. My sister, Glenda was actually born in the house. I was born in Bunion Clinic in Milledgeville, but we still resided in Mayfield, where the house is located. We all lived in the house as an extended family and attended Horeb Baptist Church. In 1957 we moved to Thomson.

Mayfield GA Hancock County Ghost Town Queen Anne Victorian House Christian Academy Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Several sources date the house to the 1890s, but I cannot confirm that date.

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Reynolds House, Mayfield

Mayfield GA Hancock County Ghost Town Modified Plantation Plain Architecture Farmhouse 19th Century Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

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